2015 Sheng Pu'erh-Autumn

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Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Plums, Raisins, Sweet, Hay, Honey, Toasty, Vegetal, Smoke, Grass, Wet Moss, Wet Wood, Wood, Apple, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Orange Blossom, Stonefruits, White Grapes
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 111 ml

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  • “I was given this tea some time ago as a gift from Misty Peaks. It was a decent tea and I should really have saved some to age as I believe it would have done very well over the past few...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was an interesting experience courtesy of Liquid Proust’s grab bag, one that reminded me I needed more training on how to break up an especially tight chunk of cake. The dry leaf smells...” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “I should preface this with the fact that I am probably not a good person to get advice from regarding shengs. I’ve only tried a handful and have only found one or two that even agree with me....” Read full tasting note
    60
  • “First tea from the Puerh Beginners TTB! This Tea Box arrived just two days before the start of a ten day vacation from my job. We are not going anywhere this time but just relaxing at home, so this...” Read full tasting note

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Misty Peak Teas offers the world's oldest tea, Pu'er, as it never has been before. We connect the tea drinker with the tea farmer; allowing each person a chance to understand the many benefits and interests in this timeless leaf, as it was thousands of years ago. Misty Peak Teas is dedicated to providing the highest quality while allowing the farmer a fair value for their crop and the world a chance to enjoy an incredible pure tea.

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5 tasting notes

I was given this tea some time ago as a gift from Misty Peaks. It was a decent tea and I should really have saved some to age as I believe it would have done very well over the past few years.

Unfortunately I did not save any leaves and instead drank them all, so I imagine the tea was palpable and worth a purchase had I not received it as a gift.

My main concerns for this tea was not the taste itself, but the lack of brewing information and the cost (in Canadian bucks it was pretty pricey).

I ended up brewing about 6-10 grams and was rewarded with 8 infusions. The tea ended up being a mixture of sweet and bitter. Notes of raisins, plum, and apricot made themselves apparent.

Good tea? Yes, but the packaging was much better. I figure if you have the time to purchase a sample, go ahead and give it a try.

My full video review can be watched here!
https://worldteapodcast.com/videos/misty-peak-tea-puerh

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Plums, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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239 tasting notes

This was an interesting experience courtesy of Liquid Proust’s grab bag, one that reminded me I needed more training on how to break up an especially tight chunk of cake. The dry leaf smells nice—like raisins. After the rinse, they smell like honey, raisins, and hay.

I alternated 190º and 170º with different steeping times from 30 seconds down to a straight pour through. As the steep time got shorter and shorter, the flavor developed from a honey-hay with slight bitterness and astringency to toasty to completely vegetal with no bitterness. I would say that the last, shortest, lowest steep had a velvety quality, but at that point, the back of my palate had begun to tingle, so that might have had something to do with it. Is that qi that everyone is talking about?

This was a pleasant tea, but I still think it was a little greenish for me to truly love.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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257 tasting notes

I should preface this with the fact that I am probably not a good person to get advice from regarding shengs. I’ve only tried a handful and have only found one or two that even agree with me. Having said that, I’m not a quitter and I keep trying new shengs to see what I might enjoy.

I sampled some of this from the Beginners Puerh TTB. I drank some of it with my wife while we were playing cribbage. There was definitely an apricot/stone fruit type of scent to the dry leaves. The wet leaves exacerbated this effect.

The flavor on the first few steeps was light and slightly sweet. However, it turned a bit bitter near the 3rd or 4th steep. Not overpoweringly so, just enough to let you know it was there and detract from any of the lighter sweetness present. We did not see this one through and ended our session fairly early on with it. It just didn’t speak to us. For the half session or so that I did have with it, it provided a warming energy that I imagine would have gotten stronger if I had drank more. Also (and take this with grain of salt as I have a temperamental tummy), I noticed it made my stomach a little sour. Nothing too horrible but again, I only drank half a session and the stomach pangs were present.

Overall, I can see how this is a quality tea and many people would enjoy it. But, with my unrefined sheng tongue, it didn’t do much for me that was worth it. Having said that, I do have a 4 or 5g sample left if anyone would be interested.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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First tea from the Puerh Beginners TTB!

This Tea Box arrived just two days before the start of a ten day vacation from my job. We are not going anywhere this time but just relaxing at home, so this is perfect! There is so much tea in here so I did the scientific thing and just grabbed the big bag on top and put it in my gaiwan.

I hadn’t tried anything by Misty Peaks yet, although it seems I put this on my wish list some time back. Of course I read all of the ‘controversy’ a while back, so I was curious to try this. It was immediately obvious that the leaves were of a high quality. The taste was mild but still had a lot of life force to it. I am really enjoying the later steeps. It just seems to be getting better and better. The bitterness and astringency is always accompanied by a mild sweetness. I would definitely buy some of this.

Flavors: Grass, Wet Moss, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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1112 tasting notes

Finally, the passage of time has allowed me to out aside the drama that MP had going on earlier this year. While it is hard to drink this without a bais now due to the damage done in social media, I’m always fair in my assesment of tea reviews.

The dry leaf, just like many others, was very faint in scent to which I didn’t care about because I’ve had tea with no scent become the most aromatic offering. Upon brewing it the sixth time I was excited to open some of the lead to see it’s conditioning. These are very similar looking to that of a dancong. The viens are healthy and the lead is mostly intact, both clear signs of a nice picked harvest that was handled gently. As for taste, I’m kind of in between as the first few steeps prior to the lead opening has a semi sweet note to it but once the flavor came out I began tasting some tart notes. The liquid isn’t as clear or light as I like my sheng, however the first few steeps were quite enjoyable. The slight bitterness coming through with a tart note after the 5th steep may be something that will disapaite as this tea rest for a little. Apparence alone: This is a beautiful product worth showing off and sharing. Taste wise: I really think this tea can become something fantastic if treated right over a year to help reduce that slight tartness that I personally don’t like.

I can see why others enjoy this as it is easy to brew, not much regarding broken leaf, and the taste is in the mediocre level to which almost anyone can taste and not need much of a background in drinking sheng to critique it.

Rui A.

Did you ever try the one from Spring 2013?

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2221 tasting notes
Sample of the ~controversial~ Misty Peaks tea, courtesy *shezza*. Thank you. :)

She was lovely and measured out 7g for me, which made it super easy. 7g tea, 145-ish ml water.

This is actually better than I was expecting! Yes, a little bitter, very fresh and green tasting, but it’s a sweet green rather than a spinach/kale green. More like green grape skins, actually. I’m brewing it with the lid off, since it’s such a green tea. I don’t want to overheat it.

I do prefer the ridiculous honey notes of the moonlight cake that I have. So while I can enjoy this sample, it’s not something I’d ever consider buying – and not just because of the terrible marketing tactics. (And shezza, I’m actually drinking most of every cup tonight. :D )

Preparation
7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cwyn

MP has really decent tea, they don’t need to resort to the craziness to sell it.

OMGsrsly

I totally agree. But now when I think of “Misty Peak” I just roll my eyes…

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1271 tasting notes

Derp, I put my note in the spring 2015, moving it over to Autumn 2015

Alright. This review took awhile. Lots of hype on this tea (so many fellow bloggers love it) and some weird “how’d this come out so soon?” drama, but I finally drank this tea. Twice. (only twice, I only had enough for 2 sessions).

Using a standard ratio I use, and temp I like for young sheng, 1g to 15ml 200F, this is super light. Lightest sheng I’ve had so far in my tea drinking days. The texture is very nice and thick, with nice floral cherry notes, wood, vegetal, avocado and butter – but super delicate light notes. I only got 10 steepings. I was unhappy.

So I came back to this tea and went insane. 1g to 10ml, so 9 grams to a 90ml teapot. Boiling water. I dumped all the leaf I had left and steeped it like IDGAF. Much better – the intensity is ballzy, an excellent sweet bitterness, nice avocado notes, and it melted my brain in 7 cups. I got 16 infusions, probably could of gotten 18 or so, but I got hungry for burritos. It’s nice, but expensive.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-autumn-misty-peak-sheng-puer-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
kristinalee

So, in your scientific opinion, is it the greatest pu’er the world has ever seen? Does it beat out the tens of thousands of other varieties out there on the market? Will it change my life?

And it’s a bit expensive, but how is it that the world’s greatest tea doesn’t cost a billion dollars?

Or is it the 2014 they’re touting that way…? I’m confused. Think I’ll stick with YS while getting to know pu’er.

Oolong Owl

Everyone has lots of personal taste in pu’er. There’s stuff I like that people hate and vice versa. People chase certain tastes or some just want to get messed up on qi. Also people cut themselves up at a certain price range. I think you’d need to try a bunch first to figure out what to like, what’s good and what’s crap at various price points. I’m lucky (or unlucky as I spent a lot) in trying a bunch so I got a decent range of things. People also make their tea differently, I know some that claim one I said is not bitter to be hella bitter – they made it differently or haven’t gotten the taste for bitter, if that makes sense.

However, I’d say the best pu’er I had this year was 2015 Last Thoughts for sheng. Almost ruined it for me, haha! Maybe need to blindfold me as price obviously will screw with our brains, but I thought it was noticably different in quality than others i’ve tried.

I would personally put w2t 2late/poundcake over the 2015 fall MP – and those both are cheaper teas. I like a stronger, fruity, qi fuckery and with the price being cheaper I’d rather throw money that way.

I’ve also got bitched at already from MP darlings saying this was a pretty damn perfect tea. I dunno, that’s totally personal. If it was my own tea I would think it’s pretty good. But yeah, just keep getting lots of samples, maybe sign up for a couple tea clubs (YS/Jalam/W2T) get all the samplers (CLT/W2T) and try everything. Pu’er is pretty insanely huge.

kristinalee

Of course, lots of samples is very good advice. Also, I hope it was clear I was being sarcastic, mainly out of annoyance at this company’s marketing tactics. I’d have a hard time reviewing them objectively in light of their grand claims.

Oolong Owl

Understandable. I feel right now everyone’s hypervigilant on the transparency thing. I had my eyes opened in 2015 when a tea vendor asked me if I truely knew where my pu’er was from. He had his expensive pu’er material being pressed, left the factory to make a phone call and they switched it for cheap shit.

you either gotta “well if it tastes good that’s all that matters” and suspend disbelief (and some ethics depending). Or fangirl some reliable dealors. Maybe a balance of the two.

jschergen

Lots of food for thought here.. Here’s where I’m at..

I find it interesting that Verdant got hammered so hard much moreso than Misty Peaks.

By now, it’s clear from the multitude of reviews that Misty Peaks has tea that’s plenty good enough for most people. I’ve had a couple of their teas and found them alright at best.. Like Oolong Owl, I think there’s better options in the market but it’s not as if the tea is obviously crap.. That being said, I cannot bring myself to recommend or support Misty Peaks. I find their marketing (&marketing copy) to be highly troubling and their claims about tea to be just as bad as Verdant. They’ve never even responded to the criticisms laid out, which more or less puts them in the same boat as Verdant as far as I’m concerned.

kristinalee

@jschergen: YES, me too. As I mentioned on the thread I started, I think this is arguably worse than Verdant because it’s pretty much their entire marketing strategy. At minimum, I’d say they’re in the same boat.

MzPriss

+1 @jschergen

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306 tasting notes

I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a tea from Misty Peaks at a friend’s tea gathering before, but this is my first time sitting down alone and brewing one myself. Thank you to the staff at MPT for sending a sample to try!

The dry leaves smell abundantly like an old forest during the wet season, hints of bark and moss, flowers, fresh green leaves and hints of decay.

The wet leaves smell like roasted chestnuts and flowers in bloom. I am brewing these in a gaiwan and gave them a quick rinse infusion that I didn’t drink. The first infusion is very clean tasting with subtle dried-fruit notes, hints of orange tree flowers, and a slightly peppery, woody finish. There’s a touch of bitterness that lingers at the end of the sip, but it is subtle.

The second infusion yields a more fruity taste, like golden raisins or golden apples, something slightly tart, then I taste wood (a friend said sandalwood, and I think this is just the right descriptor), then again a lingering peppery finish. The next infusion has similar flavors, but smoother and more clear-tasting, less lingering bitterness. The fourth infusion is even more apple-tasting and the lingering taste not so peppery, more woody.

I was able to push, many many infusions out of this tea. The stand-out quality of this Puer for me is its clean taste. While some of the flavors and the balance of flavors are a bit on the woody side for my tastes, I can’t dispute how clean this tea tastes, and the bitterness, even for a freshly harvested sheng, is very low and mild throughout the infusions.

Flavors: Apple, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Orange Blossom, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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107 tasting notes

Many many thanks to Nicholas for sending me a sample of this tea. Just a tad over 4g in my 100ml gaiwan. Initial wet leaf aroma of cooked green vegetables, apricots and white grapes. (I know that sounds like a weird combo, but that’s my nose!) Initial steeps are smooth, soft, no smoke, no bitter, slightly sweet, lovely, & delicious. I found that I needed to push the steep times a bit after about five; later steeps are still ok but it does fade a bit and the first few steeps are the best.

This is a good starter sheng I think, because it’s so mellow. For me, not much in the way of qi, but that’s ok. I don’t need to get ripping tea drunk to enjoy a nice sheng. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked and lost count at my number of steeps, but I’m guessing I got to at least 12. This last one I steeped for 3 minutes and it was just ok. I have to say that if I had a tea friend that was interested in trying pu’er, I would recommend this tea; while not overly sweet, I can’t say enough about how easy to drink it is. I will probably purchase a bing. It would be interesting to see how it ages.

EDIT: I have a good amount of the sample left, and I think I will try brewing more like 6 or 7g in my 100ml gaiwan for my next session and see what happens.

Doug F

I’ve heard conflicting reports about this vendor’s tea. I guess you liked it!

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1758 tasting notes

This is without a doubt among the very best sheng I have ever drank. It was sweet with very little bitterness, just a little bitter aftertaste. It had the commonly found notes of young sheng apricots and stonefruits. In there I’m pretty sure I detected notes of green grapes too. It is my understanding that this comes from quite old tea trees. Why Nicholas doesn’t advertise it as Gushu I don’t know. I am just now starting to feel the effects of the qi of this tea after some sixteen steeps. Even in the sixteenth steep the tea was not watery. I I had the patience for five minute and ten minute steeps I’m pretty sure I could have taken this to twenty steeps. I put his in the catalog as Yiwu sheng because previous years Misty Peaks were described as such. I hope I am right and it is Yiwu sheng. I don’t think that is actually on his website. Throughout all sixteen steeps there were no negative notes, no smoke and no sour notes. This tea was processed by a master, that is for sure. I seriously wish I had bought two or three bings but at the price of this I bought just one. If these go on sale again I may find myself picking up another.

I steeped this tea sixteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4.5g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 second rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, 3.5 min and 4 min. Again the leaves were not spent. If I had the patience to steep it for five and ten minutes I am quite sure this tea would have gone twenty steeps. I cannot remember a raw puerh that I liked as much as this tea. I think it is better than his Spring 2015 tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet, White Grapes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
TeaExplorer

Thanks! I’ve been waiting for a tasting note on this harvest. I’ve been considering a bing, but at that price I wanted to first read feedback from someone whose reviews I know and trust.

Rasseru

Nice. That sounds well up my street!

AllanK

This was the best sheng I have had in a long time.

Rasseru

I’ve ordered some. Trying to buy a few of the ‘best ofs’ or at least some with good reviews. So far this, some white2tea & some aged. Nice one steepster :)

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